第6回山寺芭蕉記念館英語俳句大会
入選作品集
公益財団法人 山形市文化振興事業団 山寺芭蕉記念館
平平成26年7年7月
July, 2014
Basho and Sora in Yamadera
Yamagata City Culture Fo...
Table of contents
Foreword page 2-3
Submission statistics page 4
Prize recipients, prize-winning works page 5-8
Division 1...
2
Foreword:
An Ever-Improving Body of Selected Works
Noboru Oba
Executive Committee Chairman
6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Mus...
6th
Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest, Submission Statistics
(Participant/Submission numbers)
participa...
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Yamadera Bash Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
Selected Haiku Submissions
Division 1: Japanese College Studen...
Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public
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1008 whisky on the rock –
the old man relishes
drifting iceberg
Go...
Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public
:
1016 To Yamadera
so many steps left
all wet with sweat
As might ha...
Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public
:
1026 overgrown with weeds only
in an early summer rain
earthquake ...
Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public
:
1034 Sea breeze
on an out-of-service ship
a preening cormorant
Yas...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
Selected participants: 113 Selected submissions: 129
2001 evening cool
when I li...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2011 a carp streamer
like a dragon
flying
Ryo Ogasawara
(Yamadera Junior High Sc...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2021 wind is blowing
gently touching
the mountain green
the sun
looks out over t...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2032 Summer festival
Fireworks in the night sky
Blooming
Yuka Ono
(Oishida Junio...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2043 on a cold morning
white carpet
all over
Hiyori Takeda
(Oishida Junior High ...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2054 after the rain –
in each puddle
my mother’s face
Andreea Cîrligeanu
(“Elena...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2065 graduation
meeting and parting
a good day
Momoka Oshikiri
(Mogami Junior Hi...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2077 new lives
sprouting
spring has come
Chihiro Watanabe
(Mogami Junior High Sc...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2089 goldfish scooping
looking cramped
they swim
a spring wind
two weather front...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2098 Like sunflowers
smiles
are in flower
Hitomi Shimoyama
(Mogami Junior High S...
Division 2: Junior High School Students
:
2108 one summer night
the faint light
in the river
Ayumi Kenmotsu (Okayama Gakug...
Division 3: High School Students
:
Selected participants: 108 Selected submissions: 114
3001 out of an open window
green l...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3011 Time flies everyday
People changes they say
But memories will stay
Umico Dayang
(T...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3021 Pure white
Pride of Mt. Zao is
Copse of snow monsters
Hana Ishizawa
(Yamagata Comm...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3031 Road side
Blooming alone
Little dandelion
Azuma Tamura
(Kitamurayama High School, ...
Division 3: High School Students
:
A wind-bell is ringing
Summer is going by
Fireworks in the night sky
Mai Sukawa (Tokai ...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3053 continue forever
blue sky
and white cloud
Haruka Tsumagari
(Nichinan Shintoku High...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3064 After raining
Rainbow appears in the sky
My heart becomes clear
Autumn came
We cha...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3075 Summer night
Fireworks explode
Into the eternal darkness
Riku Kakizaki (Shinjo Kit...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3087 in the night sky
beautiful flowers bloom,
Boom!!!
Shizuku Miura (Shinjo Kita
High ...
Division 3: High School Students
:
3099 Summer has come.
Let’s not be defeated
by the summer heat!
Nobuyoshi Takahashi (Sh...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
:
Selected participants: 132 Selected submissions: 259
4001 The orange on the glass
Has layer upo...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4009 tangled thoughts…
a spider’s web
laced with dew
winter twilight…
the scarecrow’s shadow
blen...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4017 saying goodbye –
on a frail cherry blossom
gentle light of the moon
inside the blossoms
of t...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4025 rumpled bed sheet
all night the cricket’s song
go-to-sleep-go-to-sleep
ginko walk
pausing to...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4033 ruined temple
a bowl of rice
at the door-sill
a mute crow
it is early for the autumn
it is l...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4041 Winter is coming
but the scarecrow still wears
skirt with short sleeves
Under the same umbre...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4049 bad is located
yesterday in passing
I saw a chimney sweep
he returned…
the first blossoms
of...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4057 storm on the beach –
the sand makes ringing
my earrings
cherry blossoms
swirled by the storm...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4065 at the peak of spring
the mistral’s cold breath reddens
the hikers’ faces
upon the edge
of a...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4073 far from homeland
strange tree gives
familiar shadow
empty old house
the quiet sounds
of lon...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4081 water boatman
ripples on the creek caress
my fingertips
shaking hands
across the back fence
...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4089 Cards Powdering to
Bridging hope of love
Ethical out-in
Shining light out-in
Swipe tunneling...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4097 show windows
a couple in love
attracts gazes
summer heat
on the window pane
mosquito’s patie...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4105 sacrificed
for human health –
picked herb
red poppy
stands alone
in the ears of wheat
Dusko ...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4113 easy noise across the night –
a fisherman by the paddle
scatters moon and stars
snow is fadi...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4121 Vineyard in bloom –
the toddler looking about
for a beetle
Cloudless sky –
a rhinoceros beet...
Division 4: Non-Japanese
4129 the sundial
mounded with snow
she’s past due
campfire…
dying embers rekindle
good-byes
Scott...
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  1. 1. 第6回山寺芭蕉記念館英語俳句大会 入選作品集 公益財団法人 山形市文化振興事業団 山寺芭蕉記念館 平平成26年7年7月 July, 2014 Basho and Sora in Yamadera Yamagata City Culture Foundation Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Collection 《奥の細道》名垣義助 画
  2. 2. Table of contents Foreword page 2-3 Submission statistics page 4 Prize recipients, prize-winning works page 5-8 Division 1: Japanese college students, general public page 9-13 Division 2: Japanese junior high school students page 14-24 Division 3: Japanese high school students page 25-34 Division 4: Non-Japanese page 35-51 26 7 20 999-3301 4223 023-695-2221 FAX 023-695-2552 http://yamadera-basho.jp/ July 20, 2014 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Collection Publisher: Yamagata City Culture Foundation Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Shinichi Kishi, Director 4223 Nan-in Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, 999-3301 Japan phone: 023-695-2221 fax: 023-695-2552 http://yamadera-basho.jp/ 1
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  4. 4. Foreword: An Ever-Improving Body of Selected Works Noboru Oba Executive Committee Chairman 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest This year, we present the selected haiku submissions collection of the 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest for your reading enjoyment, and as someone who has been involved with this contest since its inception, this is an occasion that I welcome with great personal pleasure. It is with a sense of gratification and pride that we continue to promote the now-universal English haiku from the tranquil serenity of Yamadera, which inspired Matsuo Basho's famous shizukasa ya / iwa ni shimiiru / semi no koe* haiku. We would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the understanding and cooperation of the city of Yamagata and the Yamagata City Culture Foundation, along with the many English haiku enthusiasts who make this contest possible. To offer a few observations about this year's contest, I would first like to note that we once again carried out the first and second screenings conducted for the first time at the previous contest, which may account for conspicuous improvements in the quality and content of our selected haiku submissions collection. While a high percentage of Division 1 (Japanese College Student, General Public) and Division 4 (Non-Japanese) submissions passed the first screening, only 58% of Division 2 (Junior High School Student) and 34% of Division 3 (High School Student) submissions passed this initial screening. These relatively low numbers may in large part be explained by the fact that the April-to-June application period coincides with the beginning of the new school year, which happens to be the busiest time of the year for these students, who no doubt had only limited time to apply themselves to the composition of their English haiku poems. It is my hope that our student applicants will make the most of their experience – and the courage that must be summoned up to take part in a contest such as this – by further polishing their composition skills and making the English haiku a more regular part of their daily lives. I would also like to observe that we saw a significant increase in Division 4 (Non-Japanese) participants, from 86 applicants representing 21 countries last year to the 131 applicants from 26 countries who applied to this year's contest. I believe that this demonstrates a growing recognition of our contest overseas, which is a very welcome and encouraging trend. We received a particularly large number of submissions from the United States and Australia, with 26 and 22 applicants respectively, and I would like to express my appreciation to former Haiku Society of Australia President Beverley George, whose long-continuing support of our contest has motivated many Australian applicants to take part. Finally, I would once again like to thank Head Judge Takehisa Iijima, Professor Emeritus of Yamagata University, Joe Maricoji, poet and critic, and Lisa Somers, translator and part-time Yamagata University instructor, for the continued dedication they demonstrate as judges of this contest. * such stillness – / the cries of the cicadas / sink into the rocks (Donald Keene translation) 3
  5. 5. 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest, Submission Statistics (Participant/Submission numbers) participants selected participants haiku submissions selected submissions (Division 1) 50 42 95 69 (Division 2) 161 113 222 129 (Division 3) 249 108 331 114 (Division 4) 132 132 259 259 (total) 592 395 907 571 (Participants by geographical region) (Division 1: Japanese college students, general public) Yamagata 9 Nagano 7 Tokyo 5 Miyagi 4 Aichi 3 Fukushima 3 Gunma 3 Hokkaido 2 Osaka 2 Saitama 2 Akita 1 Fukuoka 1 Hiroshima 1 Hyogo 1 Iwate 1 Kagoshima 1 Kyoto 1 Miyazaki 1 Niigata 1 America 1 (Division 2: Junior High School Students) Miyagi 1 Okayama 6 Osaka 1 Romania 7 Yamagata 146 Mogami town – 72, Oishida town – 48, Yamagata city – 25, Higashine city – 1 (Division 3: High School Students) Gifu 18 Hyogo 9 Iwate 1 Miyagi 25 Miyazaki 36 Yamagata 160 Mogami town – 73, Tsuruoka city – 23, Sakata city – 21, Obanazawa city – 20, Yuza town – 11, Yonezawa city – 7, Yamagata city – 5) (Division 4: Non-Japanese) USA 26 Australia 22 Romania 10 Croatia 8 India 8 Poland 8 Serbia 8 Montenegro 4 Philippines 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 Bulgaria 3 Canada 3 France 3 New Zealand 3 UK 3 Argentina 2 Indonesia 2 Italy 2 Slovenia 2 Greece 1 Hungary 1 Israel 1 Macedonia 1 Singapore 1 Switzerland 1 Ukraine 1 other 1 4
  6. 6. 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Prize recipients, prize-winning works (July, 2014) : Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public Grand Prize Harumi Komatsu (Tagajo city, Miyagi) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): Spring sunlight accumulated in a glass bottle near the window Distinguished Work Prize Teiichi Suzuki (Kawachinagano city, Osaka) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): whisky on the rock – the old man relishes drifting iceberg Yuji Hayashi (Fukuoka city, Fukuoka) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): A mountain hotel the chirping of lively birds a sweet wake-up call 5
  7. 7. 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Prize recipients, prize-winning works : Division 2: Junior High School Students Grand Prize Andreea Cîrligeanu Botosani, Romania (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, 2nd year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): after the rain – in each puddle my mother’s face Distinguished Work Prize Yuika Goto Yamagata city, Yamagata (Yamadera Junior High School, 2nd year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): the rain stops a tree frog’s eyes are blue Schubert Yumi Ida Okayama city, Okayama (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, 2nd year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): Snowman Laughing and crying Turns into water 6
  8. 8. 6 th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Prize recipients, prize-winning works : Division 3: High School Students Grand Prize Natsuki Saito Sakata city, Yamagata (Sakata West Senior High School, 1st year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): From great-grandpa’s Grown vegetables I know the season Distinguished Work Prize Hiromi Ise Mogami town, Yamagata (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): a sea turtle wandering on the beach starts a journey Riku Kakizaki Mogami town, Yamagata (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): Summer night Fireworks explode Into the eternal darkness 7
  9. 9. 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Prize recipients, prize-winning works : Division 4: Non-Japanese Grand Prize Rick Clark (USA) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): the one-legged sparrow – still embraced by the clan on the power line Distinguished Work Prize Keith A. Simmonds (France) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): apple harvest… the widow fills her basket with ruddy sunshine Judit Katalin Hollos (Hungary) (English haiku): (Japanese translation): Crinkled petals – the sheet on grandma’s hospital bed 8
  10. 10. The 6th Yamadera Bash Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public : Selected participants: 42 Selected submissions: 69 1001 Hymn rise blossoms fall The happiness surround me On my baptism day A bud on the tree Keeps energy for this spring In sleeping garden Yukiteru Noji (Machida city, Tokyo) 1002 Dried flowers as their last chapter hydrangeas Every time the grebe surfaces far and farther Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya city, Aichi) 1003 The first lark, Vanishing into the edge Of the universe Cherry blossoms dancing, Willing to leave my job Along with you Takao Fukushima (Kirishima city, Kagoshima) 1004 Inquire old friend’s health with village mulberry. Noriaki Ara (Tomakomai city, Hokkaido) 1005 The skies were jammed with the shade of rainbow Head on her lap tempts the dream world in the moonlight evening Hiroki Igata (Yamagata city, Yamagata) 1006 lose but never be defeated …still remain a rose… Junichi Sakurai (Aizuwakamatsu city, Fukushima) 1007 The new couple Starts life in Tohoku The bell tolls for you Carps are rising Up to blue sky Crowding and crawling Yasutsugu Shigeta (Isesaki city, Gunma) 9
  11. 11. Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public : 1008 whisky on the rock – the old man relishes drifting iceberg Golden Week – native accent in the train bound for the north Teiichi Suzuki (Kawachinagano city, Osaka) 1009 Continuously Water crushes water In Niagara Falls An escargot walks back home Never run Even in a hurry Hiroo Nakano (Ageo city, Saitama) 1010 only the white of the white heron in the dusky evening Takahiko Koshi (Onomichi city, Hiroshima) 1011 Fresh green dazzling in my eyes, summer soon The blood moon is rising from the cherry blossom road Maki Owatari (Kitakami city, Iwate) 1012 if not jotting down all will be gone like light snow in spring bamboo shoots out I urgently feed the mechanical pencil lead Yasuko Kurono (Nagoya city, Aichi) 1013 A full-blown magnolia Taking a long walk With a light heart The first swallow Run after the crow In the blue sky Shoji Nakazawa (Ueda city, Nagano) 1014 burning sun worms-eaten trees standing dead looking up stars are twinkling after typhoon Akemi Natsume (Konan city, Aichi) 1015 fluctuated feelings bitter scent of chrysanthemums moves to supper preparation old photos shredded colored pieces reminiscences part of self-jigsaw puzzle Yoko Todokoro (Maebashi city, Gunma) 10
  12. 12. Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public : 1016 To Yamadera so many steps left all wet with sweat As might have been expected Dewa retailers measure cherries by the eye Teruo Toraya (Kobe city, Hyogo) 1017 planted by my late mother roses bloom with full of life Kiyoko Nagahashi (Nagano city, Nagano) 1018 Early in the morning the dense fog weather forecast fine day Shinobu Sato (Yamagata city, Yamagata) 1019 trembling wind shines in my closed eyes sprouting thickets an avalanche of birds’ songs Yuko Hirota (Osakasayama city, Osaka) 1020 She moved away Empty garden In spring a squirrel Masako Nakata (Abuta district, Hokkaido) 1021 Having passed by, azaleas in full bloom calling me after Yuichi Kusano (Iwaki city, Fukushima) 1022 new address unfamiliar sound of cicadas Yukiko Yamada (Nagoya city, Aichi) 1023 baby’s handprint of three millennia old it’s still warm spring brook murmuring impermanence impermanence Kyoko Tokuno (Seattle, Washington, USA) 1024 A beautiful spring day the bond of friendship became stronger Thinking of my dead grandfather’s language in my mind Koji Tao (Yonezawa city, Yamagata) 1025 Footprints of crows in the snow-covered field are waiting for spring Hideyo Mowri (Higashine city, Yamagata) 11
  13. 13. Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public : 1026 overgrown with weeds only in an early summer rain earthquake vacant lots sweater is airing in the garden just outside the spring sun shining Kuniko Nagasaki (Sendai city, Miyagi) 1027 Under the cherry-blossoms Our minds are tranquil To be thus in peace In a hazy sky Sorting out stars With blessing of the moon Yoshimi Matsumoto (Yamagata city, Yamagata) 1028 a cicada’s shell grasping the stone wall in the ruins of the Aoba Castle a gentle breeze the summer kimono treasured by my dead mom Emiko Kokubun (Sendai city, Miyagi) 1029 A forgotten gravestone covered with a cluster of green lichens a kindergarten for children of the sun Shunzo Sanchome (Sakata city, Yamagata) 1030 On the bento day Worried about nutrition and Health of my family Mother’s love Never knows My junior high school son Yuko Ito (Yamagata city, Yamagata) 1031 A butterfly returns and lands on the tip of the hoe Spring sunlight accumulated in a glass bottle near the window Harumi Komatsu (Tagajo city, Miyagi) 1032 The aged rabbit Snuggling into my feet Warming quite a bit The wagtail couple’s Dancing shadows Early summer sunrise Masao Hashimoto (Murayama city, Yamagata) 1033 after the storm a white heron stands still on withered river grass Tofuku-ji Temple tinted maples behind checkers of mosses and stones Sachiko Ishizawa (Kyoto city, Kyoto) 12
  14. 14. Division 1: Japanese College Students, General Public : 1034 Sea breeze on an out-of-service ship a preening cormorant Yasuko Eguchi (Soka city, Saitama) 1035 The rape-flower like the yellow river swim carp streamers Hitomi Fukuta (Nagano city, Nagano) 1036 Summer coming Children swimming the sea waving Christmas evening Santa Claus coming family laughing Kazuhiko Hidaka (Miyazaki city, Miyazaki) 1037 June’s raindrops collector – the Mogami River, talkative all day after the last train – insects enjoy singing, in a dead silence & darkness Shion Honda (Musashino city, Tokyo) 1038 the butterfly net – catch no swallowtails, then catch Mt. Fuji Izumi Honda (Musashino city, Tokyo) 1039 a spider web – catch the harvest moon, all to himself, all night Takamichi Honda (Musashino city, Tokyo) 1040 A mountain hotel the chirping of lively birds a sweet wake-up call Deep in the mountains the whisper from the headspring through a leafy trail Yuji Hayashi (Fukuoka city, Fukuoka) 1041 a pressed clover at the page which I was reading on 3.11 the wild irises keep away from poet Basho in monk’s black Shigeko Takagi (Koriyama city, Fukushima) 1042 a life as it is – leaves are falling silently Shoji Matsumoto (Kodaira city, Tokyo) 13
  15. 15. Division 2: Junior High School Students : Selected participants: 113 Selected submissions: 129 2001 evening cool when I listen carefully chirping of insects Tomoya Ishiguro (Takamori Junior High School, Miyagi; 1st year) 2002 Every swallow flies on its own plane Remu Nakatani (Baika Junior High School, Osaka; 1st year) 2003 A wind blows Red hands Shake maple tree Miyuu Saito (Jinmachi Junior High School; 3rd year) 2004 the road home my feelings pushed by the summer wind Toshiki Goto (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2005 ceased rain falling drops marks the rainy season Kizuku Konno (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2006 plum blossoms waiting for them to bloom a little child Asuka Itabashi (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2007 children running at full speed against a strong wind the summer moon shining gracefully in the night sky Akari Iwasaki (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2008 winter stars shining brightly catch my eyes Ayaka Kashiwagura (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2009 the glow of sunset a plane’s cloud drawn in the sky Chinatsu Kashiwagura (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 2010 in the spring rain everyone has a lovely smile happy! Mai Togashi (Yamadera Junior High School; 3rd year) 14
  16. 16. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2011 a carp streamer like a dragon flying Ryo Ogasawara (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2012 a cold day running through a dry field in the winter wind Taiki Masuko (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2013 leafy cherry trees shaking in the breeze see you again next year Mami Aida (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2014 in the glow of sunset red dragonflies are swimming in a line Ayaka Isawa (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2015 at night a cricket tells me see you tomorrow the rain stops a tree frog’s eyes are blue Yuika Goto (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2016 New Year grab bags fun like a festival main streets Meira Sasahara (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2017 on Mother’s Day a bunch of flowers and my heart my present in the fall night smiles are shining looking at the sky Reina Takeda (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2018 the door opens together with my hopes and the buds of flowers my white breath suddenly my palms are in my sleeves Miyu Yamada (Yamadera Junior High School; 2nd year) 2019 watching a caterpillar wanting to learn its persistence Tomohiro Goto (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 2020 waiting for cherry blossoms to bloom in Yamadera Yuto Goto (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 15
  17. 17. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2021 wind is blowing gently touching the mountain green the sun looks out over the world shining Yuka Goto (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 2022 early summer cherry leaves are shining under the sun Yuri Takeda (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 2023 the glowing palette of the sunset an orange color moonlight shining on the world many smiles Nozomi Nakajima (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 2024 inside a room a grape fragrance overflows Kotoe Yoshida (Yamadera Junior High School; 1st year) 2025 Carp streamer in the blue sky swimming Yukinao Azuma (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2026 Under the cherry tree falling together heart in love Yuya Suto (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2027 Summer festival in the night sky a red flower Rei Terasaki (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2028 Looking up Sparkling fireworks in the sky In the summer night Sakura Abe (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2029 New sunrise I am vowing with a fresh heart Mako Abe (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2030 For a child A New Year’s gift Instead of greetings Anna Ito (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2031 Without our noticing it Under the snow Lives a sprout Shiho Okuyama (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 16
  18. 18. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2032 Summer festival Fireworks in the night sky Blooming Yuka Ono (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2033 With a friend Cotton candy in my hand Watching the fireworks Miki Kuronuma (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2034 Over the blue sea the bird is flying in the sky Yu Kouchi (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2035 Red dragonflies multiplying in the wind Sae Nitobe (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2036 Under the blazing sun Walking to meet my friend Ako Mori (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2037 Summer pool Water and me Paradise Haruki Ariji (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2038 New Breath of life Spring wind Yusuke Sato (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2039 Spring comes with a smile cherry blossoms Kazuki Fujihata (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2040 in full bloom like a sunflower a person with a smile Nana Ito (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2041 Firefly hunting My parent’s face Becoming like a child Summer night shining in the sky blooming fire Yumika Orui (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2042 I feel alone there are no sounds in the sea Haruka Sato (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 17
  19. 19. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2043 on a cold morning white carpet all over Hiyori Takeda (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2044 In the summer field My cat and I Playing tag A black cat Jumps into the snow Now a white cat Makoto Kaito (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2045 In the warm kotatsu My cat sleeping Masaki Yamada (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2046 The cherry blossoms fall quietly flowing like a pink river The sun sets a shadow and I play hide and seek Kirara Igarashi (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2047 The sun shine below the blue sky take a deep breath Haruyo Omi (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2048 Walking a lovely sound of the frost below Juri Kudo (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2049 A heat haze flickers ahead there is the goal Miyabi Kodama (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2050 The schoolground waiting for our big dream Riko Takakuwa (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2051 Summer night heard in the town the sound of fireworks Azusa Mori (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2052 The little cuckoo reports us spring has come Honoka Mori (Oishida Junior High School; 3rd year) 2053 gloomy day – children drawing only sunflowers Sabin Pocri (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 1st year) 18
  20. 20. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2054 after the rain – in each puddle my mother’s face Andreea Cîrligeanu (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 2nd year) 2055 after the cold rain – white butterflies on red roses Nadin Ghileschi (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 2nd year) 2056 cold night – I am bringing the dolls at the fireside Mihaela Budeanu (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 2nd year) 2057 spring cleaning – the rain washing the dusty statues Beatrice Cojocariu (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 2nd year) 2058 low tide – sea stars gathering into Big Dipper Ioana Bursuc (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 1st year) 2059 driving home on a milestone mating snails Alexandru Aram (“Elena Rare ” Middle School, Romania; 2nd year) 2060 graduation ceremony tears mixed with smiles a red dragonfly into the setting sun disappears Zeon Abe (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2061 moonlight reflects on the surface of a lake in faint color Aoi Igarashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2062 a bamboo leaf boat with love following the current Mizuki Ito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2063 to that bird a question “Where are you going?” Ayaka Uwajima (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2064 a swan fluttering its wing is beautiful Ai Ogata (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 19
  21. 21. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2065 graduation meeting and parting a good day Momoka Oshikiri (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2066 shining down the sun flashes summer has come Rita Oshikiri (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2067 spring comes the plants begin to sprout Haruki Kasahara (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2068 horsetails put out small faces saying “hello” Suguru Kishi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2069 the first snow colors a roof pure white Kaito Kobayashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2070 melting snow I see underneath amazing life Teppei Saito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2071 again and again my heart jumps cherry blossom road Hikari Shibata (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2072 Sunset coming back from school the red ocean Hiroto Shimoyama (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2073 a dandelion sways its children leave Ryuto Shimoyama (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2074 Loudly frogs cry out along the night street Risei Hanai (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2075 in the cold standing alone a snowman Yoshiki Horikawa (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2076 thousands of years loved by everyone budding flower Mio Yaguchi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 20
  22. 22. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2077 new lives sprouting spring has come Chihiro Watanabe (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2078 scorching sun shining down the coolness of the earth Yasuhiro Akashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2079 silvery snow a powerful horse makes its way the ground echoes Nao Abe (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2080 lighting god of thunder is angry Kakeru Ito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2081 starry moonlit night insects are calling under the veranda Masahiro Ito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2082 baseball stadium chasing a white ball covered in mud Shusuke Onuma (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2083 evening glow the end of the day it announces Akira Kasahara (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2084 the water’s surface gathers the glitter reflecting the sky Kiyomi Kishi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2085 a sparrow nestling impatiently it waits for summer Kazuki Sato (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2086 Endlessly continuing a big rainbow bridge Rina Takahashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2087 surely this year I want to see the milky way Shiori Monma (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2088 too soon falling cherry blossoms Hiroya Ito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 21
  23. 23. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2089 goldfish scooping looking cramped they swim a spring wind two weather fronts playing tag Kotomi Takashima (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2090 I dive in the ocean splashing sounds shallow water in summer young ayu dance in a clear stream Rin Igarashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2091 in the melting snow buds sprout butterbur Koki Ikikame (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2092 carp-shaped streamers soaring in the sky like dragons Kento Ito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2093 Sunflowers with children’s smiles they bloom Vividly mountains dyed verdant Maya Ogata (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2094 standing on earth a deep breath oh spring! Shingo Kan (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2095 new growth among the trees I take a deep breath after the rain seven colors reflected a puddle of water Yui Saito (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2096 global warming beneath a snowscape above cherry blossoms Kosuke Sato (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2097 many fireflies fluttering in the night sky like stars a red dragonfly dyed by the setting sun embarrassed by its beauty Yukina Sato (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 22
  24. 24. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2098 Like sunflowers smiles are in flower Hitomi Shimoyama (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2099 with haste the animals make winter homes Keiya Sugai (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2100 green frogs sing in unison a grand chorus Nanami Takesawa (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2101 a bush warblers call its call intoxicates this moment Kaito Takeda (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2102 with the thunder my body shakes trees dance in the mud colorful tones a tree frog Naomichi Takemura (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2103 Sunshine heat haze wavering Toya Nakajima (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2104 the end of the rainy season reflecting in the water rainbow bridge Ami Hayashi (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2105 spring sky twisting and turning a swallow frolics an insect coil smell of smoke drifts to me Shota Harada (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2106 the remaining snow as if god spilled milk Ryo Yuki (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 2107 a calendar turn after turn another year Masanori Ariji (Mogami Junior High School, 3rd year) 23
  25. 25. Division 2: Junior High School Students : 2108 one summer night the faint light in the river Ayumi Kenmotsu (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 2109 in the winter morning snow falls on the roof Rio Hamada (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 2110 Snowman Laughing and crying Turns into water Schubert Yumi Ida (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 2111 flowers of the sea all around near me looking around Mai Takehisa (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 2112 The wind’s sound changes the color of the seasons Shota Ozaki (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 2113 the snow has melted change the season my spirit too Sho Take (Okayama Gakugeikan Seishu Junior High School, Okayama; 2nd year) 24
  26. 26. Division 3: High School Students : Selected participants: 108 Selected submissions: 114 3001 out of an open window green leaves rustle a breeze kissing my cheek Kahoko Ogura (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3002 as a teardrop fell down leaves fell down while fluttering in the autumn wind Chinatsu Nakanishi (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3003 blooming into the night sky the flowers disappear in a moment sign of the end of summer Yuka Hashimoto (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3004 a cherry blossom among many greens very youthful Ryoko Arita (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3005 cherry blossom encounters and partings a quirk of fate Seri Kiriyama (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3006 cherry blossoms making pink runways to a bright future Momoko Sagawa (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3007 Today is a special day But it is sad Why do we get old Shione Sendai (Kitasuma High School, Saitama; 3rd year) 3008 Cherry blossoms fall A peaceful morning Hiyoriyama Tomomi Ito (Sakata Koryo High School, 1st year) 3009 See a spring flower Very beautiful sunset Summer coming soon Ryoto Maruyama (Sakata Koryo High School, 1st year) 3010 For the sea breeze A wave to and fro from here playing and rolling Yuka Ito (Sakata Koryo High School, 2nd year) 25
  27. 27. Division 3: High School Students : 3011 Time flies everyday People changes they say But memories will stay Umico Dayang (Tono High School, Gifu; 3rd year) 3012 Forget all the past Be in a present moment Live like it’s your last Mel Omana (Tono High School, Gifu; 3rd year) 3013 A Christmas Day a day that Jesus was born a day to rejoice Rizzi Hamada (Tono High School, Gifu; 1st year) 3014 As thunder crashes, and lightning strikes, the first raindrop kisses the night Kanon Nishiyama (Tono High School, Gifu; 1st year) 3015 Swimming fast My dark teacher Always quiet The tiny planes of the night Leave my room Smell of smoke Akane Konno (Ichinoseki Daini High School, Iwate; 3rd year) 3016 Mother’s Day with all heart a flower given Reina Takahashi (Kogota Nourin High School, Miyagi; 1st year) 3017 Spring I fight against strong wind on the street to the school Maiko Kimura (Kogota Nourin High School, Miyagi; 2nd year) 3018 Falling leaves Like a waterfall flow with the wind Summer night Glittering and brightening of the stars Sarina Otsuki (Kogota Nourin High School, Miyagi; 2nd year) 3019 It is an acorn in dead leaves on an autumn day Chisa Saito (Kogota Nourin High School, Miyagi; 2nd year) 3020 Weather forecast I know the wind direction Carp streamer Manami Ono (Kogota Nourin High School, Miyagi; 3rd year) 26
  28. 28. Division 3: High School Students : 3021 Pure white Pride of Mt. Zao is Copse of snow monsters Hana Ishizawa (Yamagata Commercial High School, 3rd year) 3022 Be the wind Run the track Sweat is dripping Sumire Okuyama (Yamagata Commercial High School, 3rd year) 3023 Summer breeze Smelling of ocean With my hair streaming Shiori Kobayashi (Yamagata Commercial High School, 3rd year) 3024 Cherry blossoms Pink and white on the riverside Like floating clouds in the sky Mayu Murakami (Yonezawa Kojokan High School, 2nd year) 3025 Spring has arrived Creating new paths Roads to glory Takato Kazama (Yonezawa Kojokan High School, 3rd year) 3026 Weekdays I go to school It is the place that I can meet my friends I like my school Kasumi Ota (Yonezawa Kojokan High School, 3rd year) 3027 Dream seen that day It’s not a dream anymore It’s in your hands already Kotomi Sato (Yonezawa Kojokan High School, 3rd year) 3028 Spring wind Cherry blossoms fall slowly Good-bye Ami Moriya (Kitamurayama High School, 3rd year) 3029 Wind blowing Cherry blossom up and down Pink path Ren Oba (Kitamurayama High School, 3rd year) 3030 Cherry blossom road Walking by Dance of pink flowers Tatsuya Yanagihashi (Kitamurayama High School, 3rd year) 27
  29. 29. Division 3: High School Students : 3031 Road side Blooming alone Little dandelion Azuma Tamura (Kitamurayama High School, 2nd year) 3032 Spring wind Carried cherry blossom Far away Chihiro Kakizaki (Kitamurayama High School, 2nd year) 3033 From great-grandpa’s Grown vegetables I know the season Natsuki Saito (Sakata West Senior High School, 1st year) 3034 In winter gardens playing a staring game snowman and me Mao Oi (Sakata West Senior High School, 3rd year) 3035 Summer night Lights the way home Moon and stars Moe Funakoshi (Sakata West Senior High School, 1st year) 3036 The spring wind Brings hopes and dreams To me Arisa Sato (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3037 Fly high Carp-shaped streamers Swallowing my wishes Momoka Watanabe (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3038 Cherry blossoms done The trees turning green Summer is near Kaito Hasegawa (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3039 Spring breezes Pushing me to the first step On the stage of life Akira Ito (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3040 We aren’t lonely ‘Cause we are here Under the same sky Koichi Watanabe (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3041 The wind bells Informing me of Summer season Hirofumi Saito (Yuza Senior High School, 3rd year) 3042 Toward the sky The sound of an engine Swirling snow 28
  30. 30. Division 3: High School Students : A wind-bell is ringing Summer is going by Fireworks in the night sky Mai Sukawa (Tokai University Yamagata Senior High School, 2nd year) 3043 glaring sun shines summer comes Rena Murashita (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3044 summer coming I cannot learn in class Ryota Inotani (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3045 early summer’s day my father’s guitar crying Ryota Fujiura (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3046 summer has come playing on the beach children Ayano Fujiwara (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3047 summer day suddenly reminds me of my mother Shiori Akiyama (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3048 With my friends go finding beetles Yuki Hidaka (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3049 Winter day dancing in the air white snow Jin Ikeguchi (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3050 in a dream meeting you fall in love a dandelion fluffy cotton swing in the air Asuka Shimizu (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3051 children pointing at the rainbow “Let’s catch that!” Risa Yamashita (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3052 fireworks’ explosion in the sky in my heart a flower blooms Mio Furusawa (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 29
  31. 31. Division 3: High School Students : 3053 continue forever blue sky and white cloud Haruka Tsumagari (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3054 the global warming “Turn on the air conditioner” says the earth Ryo Takahashi (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3055 Coming to school and going home Feeling the four seasons On the way to school Miku Aoyama (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3056 glad and happy eat with friends lunch box Momoka Sakimura (Nichinan Shintoku High School, Miyazaki) 3057 Clear water flows gently by the side of a rice field – surprised by the cool Natsumi Sato (Tsuruoka Kita Senior High School, 3rd year) 3058 A rain of cherry blossoms Remember the olden days You be happy today Sakura Honma (Tsuruoka Kita Senior High School, 3rd year) 3059 Boom, sparkling Your fragrance smells of powder – Love is sweet and bitter Kanade Ohtaki (Tsuruoka Kita Senior High School, 3rd year) 3060 A very cold night Around is very quiet Only the stars twinkle in the sky Shiori Ishizuka (Tsuruoka Kita Senior High School, 3rd year) 3061 The ocean eats A red candy In one mouthful Mei Enomoto (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 2nd year) 3062 Spring day Cherry blossoms falling Like flying butterflies Ami Sato (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 2nd year) 3063 The end of summer My memories dyed Beautiful summer’s color Snowy day White flowers in full bloom On dead branches Yumi Saito (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 2nd year) 30
  32. 32. Division 3: High School Students : 3064 After raining Rainbow appears in the sky My heart becomes clear Autumn came We change clothes With the mountain Ayako Chonan (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 2nd year) 3065 In summer evenings Summer grass blows in the wind Along the railroad Kaho Saito (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 3rd year) 3066 See cherry trees Feel a spring breeze Eat a rice cake Eri Sugiyama (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 2nd year) 3067 I looked with you At star-filled sky – I will never forget it Mayu Wada (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 1st year) 3068 One winter day Fairies of snow They dance fluttering Mayu Goto (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 1st year) 3069 Looking down suddenly They tell the coming of spring – Shining dandelions Ami Sato (Tsuruoka Minami Senior High School, 1st year) 3070 A town I see From Yamadera is like A treasure box Yuito Araki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3071 New Year’s Eve all the bells keep playing music till the dawn Satoru Iida (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3072 summer night sounds of fireworks reach my heart Hiyori Ito (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3073 Summer night fighting with mosquitoes can’t sleep Mirai Ito (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3074 Cherry blossoms gone followed by a hot summer Runa Ito (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 31
  33. 33. Division 3: High School Students : 3075 Summer night Fireworks explode Into the eternal darkness Riku Kakizaki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3076 Summer comes Heat shimmer The road to school Ryo Kadowaki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3077 Shining gold Under the autumn sky Rows of rice fields Misuzu Kaneta (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3078 Cherry blossoms whirling about Make my beloved one Beautiful Kaori Kawasaki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3079 Children’s day Swimming in the wind Carp streamers Natsuki Kawamata (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3080 So beautiful! Shooting stars twinkling In the night sky Mao Kurosaka (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3081 in a spring breeze drifting and dancing cherry blossoms Yuki Goto (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3082 Fog clears away looming in the mountains Yamadera Temple Daisuke Sato (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3083 The sound of water Is surrounded by Silence Motoki Sato (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3084 Cherry blossoms a new encounter with a true friend Yuka Sato (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3085 High humidity Hard to remove mold Rainy season Jo Nagakura (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3086 Looking up at the sky thinking of you in love Mirei Hoshikawa (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 32
  34. 34. Division 3: High School Students : 3087 in the night sky beautiful flowers bloom, Boom!!! Shizuku Miura (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3088 feeling lonely summer night cool wind Ryusei Miura (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3089 out of thawing ground a butterbur scape shows up Kaito Yokoo (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3090 the rainy season in an interval of clear sky a rainbow appears Kaai Yoshida (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 1st year) 3091 Mr. Santa… This year please One present Haruki Ishiyama (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3092 On tree branches Colors changing gradually Sign of autumn Yurika Onuma (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3093 The middle of a blizzard It’s too freezing cold At an unattended station Ryo Oguni (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3094 On my way to school cherry leaves float on the pond Kiyotaka Kan (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3095 Spring breeze blowing cherry blossoms in full bloom Koyuki Kan (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3096 Watching fireworks my beloved’s face in my mind Yoshito Kan (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3097 First summer breeze Sweat flowing Club activities Kana Kishi (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3098 On the path Shining white snow falls And pretty foot prints remain Kenta Shoji (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 33
  35. 35. Division 3: High School Students : 3099 Summer has come. Let’s not be defeated by the summer heat! Nobuyoshi Takahashi (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3100 I loaf around with my cat sun bathing Mai Yamashina (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3101 Never stopping The flow of time Like a waterfall in spring Kairi Yuki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 2nd year) 3102 Perfect weather for skiing The sun beams down Mt. Gassan Tsubasa Abe (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3103 a sea turtle wandering on the beach starts a journey Hiromi Ise (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3104 Hot summer I ate greedily Shaved ice Reina Kakizaki (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3105 rainy season open the storm door smell of rain Ren Kasahara (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3106 summer sky beautiful stars the milky way Atsuya Shimoyama (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3107 Absorbed in blowing Dandelions’ seeds I lose myself Ryuki Moriyama (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 3108 I mistake frog eggs for tapioca Masahiko Yoshitaka (Shinjo Kita High School Mogami Branch School, 3rd year) 34
  36. 36. Division 4: Non-Japanese : Selected participants: 132 Selected submissions: 259 4001 The orange on the glass Has layer upon layer Of round empty holes Hand blown glass goblet Resting unassuming here Half full of nectar Patricia Kerr (USA) 4002 No rain flowers No flowers rain Richard Morrow (Australia) 4003 a slow dance with the scarecrow’s shadow fiddler’s moon spider silk’s end a fallen leaf that never quite fell Darrell Lindsey (USA) 4004 running in circles will only leave you breathless and lead you nowhere fear not fear itself; there is little else in life but to love all things Amos Anon (Wales) 4005 splash of sunlight three blue butterflies above the puddle bare branches netting a shoal of stars – lonely river bank Nathalie Buckland (Australia) 4006 woodchips the pine returning to earth whittling a lizard from a chunk of wood …haiku Quendryth Young (Australia) 4007 stork at gliding a dozen “plops” in the pond the fir forest just born rivulet swimming strongly Djurdja Vukelic Rozic (Croatia) 4008 gently this night over mowed grasses petals in their sleep hopping and sparkling with dandelion clocks a child’s hair Vesna Stipcic (Croatia) 35
  37. 37. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4009 tangled thoughts… a spider’s web laced with dew winter twilight… the scarecrow’s shadow blends with mine Chen-ou Liu (Canada) 4010 fishing around the still float clouds drifting city park on the forgotten ball a bird chirping Željko Funda (Croatia) 4011 Autumn ploughing – on my grandma’s face wrinkle beside wrinkle In a flowery pot wild flowers waiting for in vain… no butterfly Vasile Moldovan (Romania) 4012 hair combing – the hunter moon in every mirror offering me a green apple… the serpent Rita Odeh (Israel) 4013 wind weaves through trees and canyons monks chanting effluent seeps into the wellspring winter moon Marilyn Humbert (Australia) 4014 rain at last even tyre splash makes me smile a loudspeaker on the autumn river cruise describes the peace Beverley George (Australia) 4015 the shadow of wind in the leaves – first day of spring windy moorings… a boy scoops jelly fish into a net Helen Davison (Australia) 4016 rolling of the waves… in her cascading braids the aroma of spring apple harvest… the widow fills her basket with ruddy sunshine Keith A. Simmonds (France) 36
  38. 38. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4017 saying goodbye – on a frail cherry blossom gentle light of the moon inside the blossoms of the plum treetop – God’s hand stops the time Steliana Cristina Voicu (Romania) 4018 slow day the old topics circled still pond – fading from its centre this stormy cloud Ramesh Anand (India) 4019 a hug over the chest old japanese cherry I fill my lungs last swallow flies over the home garden I greet my mom Klavdija KIA Zbi ajnik (Slovenia) 4020 Gentle breeze A flower bending In the gentle summer breeze – What a dainty rose My backyard oasis I watch the water Fall gently among the rocks – My backyard streamlet Taylor Marchand (USA) 4021 the one-legged sparrow – still embraced by the clan on the power line the two grasshoppers parted by my leg – will they ever meet again? Rick Clark (USA) 4022 frozen landscape – a crow in flight draws the last touch fireworks – my son tightens in fist a firefly Iulian Ciupitu (Romania) 4023 hot night – knocking at my window the hailstones fireflies – glistening pinholes on a cloud Verica Zivkovic (Serbia) 4024 spring peeper in the creekbed a song beginning to thaw the pony’s winter coat each night more of the moon Julie Warther (USA) 37
  39. 39. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4025 rumpled bed sheet all night the cricket’s song go-to-sleep-go-to-sleep ginko walk pausing to know you better small red dune flower Peggy Heinrich (USA) 4026 dolphins the whole sea rolls into sunrise dying sun how quick the flit of swallows Jan Dobb (Australia) 4027 white roses even in the thin rain a blessing of bees sunrise in spring – a dove carries a twig in its beak Meik Blöttenberger (USA) 4028 transmitters rtv – anxiety gulls alarm signal modern architect – my curiosity on a snail behind Miclaus Silvestru (Italy) 4029 at the dark night sky a bright shooting star falls with the hope of my wish the deep blue ocean a mix of power and charm awaits Poseidon Marios Schismenos (Greece) 4030 Flightless Under the surface, A koi watches birds up high, Wishing to grow wings. Baptism Water rolls gently Down a scarlet rose’s petals Hoping for cleansing. Madison Janes (USA) 4031 a pelican glides over smooth water alone in the park wisps of gold hairs on the painter’s brush trail away Greg Piko (Australia) 4032 misty window pane on its other side a real drama derelict house overgrown by weed a crumbling slipper Marija Pogorilic (Croatia) 38
  40. 40. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4033 ruined temple a bowl of rice at the door-sill a mute crow it is early for the autumn it is late for Basho Vessislava Savova (Bulgaria) 4034 vine leaf twitches a notice cigarette smoke to the heavens a connecting thread Diana Petkova (Bulgaria) 4035 full moon over the orchard rusty red leaves moonlight glinting off the fields – summer night Aalix Roiake (New Zealand) 4036 harbour dawn – the ship’s horn opening a space in mist daylight breaking – origami of a white egret takes flight Mark Miller (Australia) 4037 breast scan the liquidambar’s last leaf blackens autumn dusk she pours us a drink of spring-water Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand) 4038 lakeside walk – the ripples folding into each other spring breeze… a playful dog out of leash Jayashree Maniyil (Australia) 4039 the snow of one place has become the water of another spring river… withered moor – only a ruined wall divides the world in two William Seltzer (USA) 4040 Summer heat salty and tangy as a frozen margarita Fragrant cherry blossoms hanging from slim branches amid bejewelled emerald-green Payal A. Agarwal (India) 39
  41. 41. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4041 Winter is coming but the scarecrow still wears skirt with short sleeves Under the same umbrella both the stray dog and an homeless Constantin Stroe (Romania) 4042 snowfall – the road home everywhere sawdust – I could have been a house Carl Seguiban (Canada) 4043 ebb tide – the body remembers its ocean zigzag road the mountain in light I in shadow Anne Carly Abad (Philippines) 4044 naked tree catches frosty wind white blossoms ripple intertwining paths a kindred spirit walks with me for a while Leong Pei Wen (Singapore) 4045 Milky eye of the sky Spread over homeland. Silence reigns. Snowflakes over the hill, Fruit-tree blossoms in the valley Falling this morning. Blagoje Vujisi (Montenegro) 4046 white snowflakes, at the black feathers of crow, pictures from Bosnia looked, behold – birch trees are budded Smajil Durmisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 4047 forest meadow break in rapids water a cuckoo calls my feet colder it put on wall a midday nap Kuheli Santra (India) 4048 An Internal Ache Deeply Stricken by Desire Slowly Bleeds Within Blessed my lonely soul A vessel full of Riches Cursed by darken lust Bernadette Perez (USA) 40
  42. 42. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4049 bad is located yesterday in passing I saw a chimney sweep he returned… the first blossoms of a cherry tree Branka Vojinovi Jegdi (Montenegro) 4050 the fly only simply adores that piece of dung all of a sudden in a cut-through apple a tiny worm Janko Dimnjakovi (Croatia) 4051 women’s tears dropping over her dress drops of candle on the paper a sunray sways the morning on the spider’s thread Tonka Lovri (Slovenia) 4052 Golden stars entwined Taiko tremors in the air Cradling the calm sky. Ana Prundaru (Switzerland) 4053 home village this penny kite enough to wrap the whole sky rising a kite the bowing string loads the sky Ken Sawitri (Indonesia) 4054 Ink stroke, doves wedded against the moon: the father seals. Sun-deep wheat reaped for ovens, flying free in the Green Pheasant’s beak. R. D. Esmond (Canada) 4055 waking up on a cobweb thread the moon and the day fallen tree from crannied growth rings tears Nada Jacmenica (Croatia) 4056 Above that dark horizon the towering creamy beauty of a nuclear cloud infinite summer bright laughter in the meadow sadness lurks Bob Lake (Australia) 41
  43. 43. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4057 storm on the beach – the sand makes ringing my earrings cherry blossoms swirled by the storm – I open my windows Lavana Kray (Romania) 4058 life and dream an old clock on the wall a dead race in circle the snowflakes swarming by the window pane wolf in the cattle pen Izeta Radetinac (Serbia) 4059 the wind has brought the smell of my village in fire soaring memories blue lilac under the clusters of blossom crickets in the grass Tatjana Debelja ki (Serbia) 4060 Echoes from the dark, Vanquished by the great sunlight; Soul reawakened. In times of sorrows, Great love awakens soul’s hope; Spirit endures. Alvin A Sario (Philippines) 4061 touching her face a thousand times summer rain without a sound without a ripple fallen shadows Simon Hanson (Australia) 4062 crossroads – wherever I look an autumn dusk a pond from childhood – the autumn wind blurs wrinkles on a face Marek Kozubek (Poland) 4063 on one side the stars, on other you – every midnight you’re river, but I am still the same – not ship, nor wave Pere Risteski (Macedonia) 4064 hunters, fishermen – often they forget where they had been. ants and bees the most diligent beings yet, fewer they are Božidar Škobi - ika Boško (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 42
  44. 44. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4065 at the peak of spring the mistral’s cold breath reddens the hikers’ faces upon the edge of a hibiscus flower… world in a dewdrop Huguette R.-M. Simmonds (France) 4066 A punnet of dreams – Clamour of reality. Frozen lake Dull morning – Long nights. Sourav Banerjee (India) 4067 spring rain his memorial bamboo bends under baby sparrows polished by the years in my pocket that wish bone I’ve had since a child John Parsons (UK) 4068 windsock, swimming ahead of the rain cloud the temple’s autumn ginkgo – leaves in my purse Joan D. Stamm (USA) 4069 in the bird’s beak a butterfly – the wind caught hold of its wings an afterglow the heron’s cry above river waking gloominess Midhat Hrn i - Midho (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 4070 autumn meeting the colour of our lives changed forever twilight the pendulum’s steady swing Catherine Smith (Australia) 4071 seeing me the smile of my grandma I feel her younger quick step under the drizzle exhales relievedly – welcome in home Shaestu Abida Bhirawasiwi (Indonesia) 4072 Coals and xenoliths, Carbon under great pressure, Diamonds arise. Disco bars and beers, Money for love, drugs, cig’rettes, How you pay for hell. Johnziel Gonzaga Ubas (Philippines) 43
  45. 45. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4073 far from homeland strange tree gives familiar shadow empty old house the quiet sounds of loneliness Maria Kowal-Tomczak (Poland) 4074 The morning splendour Glorifies my soul with Fresh awakening Lonely I am But shall I hear Your sweet voice Radhey Shiam (India) 4075 at the edges of an apocalyptic day… a mud house there where the sea meets a shore… the sound of summer foam Damir Janjalija (Montenegro) 4076 The sun is setting down. Crickets are not putting their violins down yet. A lonely tear leaves the platform together with a train Dušan uriši (Montenegro) 4077 first firefly a soldier opens his hands earthquake town – tatami-maker threads the sunrise Roberta Beary (USA) 4078 guiding the hum of cicadas tiny wind chime summer clouds scrubbing the skies before the rains Raj K. Bose (USA) 4079 Blood racing like sap, my heart sends up tender shoots, teased by the first thaw. Sip after calm sip, I fall back into my nature: the empty cup. Akesha Baron (USA) 4080 frigid wind slices through crevice no mercy roaring seas rise to crescendo fall silent Elaine Cantrell (USA) 44
  46. 46. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4081 water boatman ripples on the creek caress my fingertips shaking hands across the back fence cherry trees Cynthia Rowe (Australia) 4082 your shadow, bluebird, passes through me… cloudy mountains fruit falling… a roofless home in heaven Sasa Vazic (Serbia) 4083 Migraine sensing – the snowflakes grow. Blue lights spins from the cross street in her eyes. Daniel Gahnertz (Italy) 4084 old gate where it was before bougainvilleas burst sudden wind I let go of the kite’s string Billy Antonio (Philippines) 4085 late in the field – the farmer’s silhouette chopsticks across the moon a hum of bees – the old field is dreaming the cosmos Earl R. Keener (USA) 4086 Green tips hanging on every cedar branch emerald earrings Picking sweet coltsfoot Tohoku taste of spring Irradiated Maiyim Baron (USA) 4087 a lonely drop of tear riding into the shadows you may call sadness a day full of blues reminds me a waterfall painting the sea Fabián Padilla Hernández 4088 dark matter… every word between my dog and I dipped in stars… every stroke of the cormorant’s wing Samar Ghose (Australia) 45
  47. 47. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4089 Cards Powdering to Bridging hope of love Ethical out-in Shining light out-in Swipe tunneling eyes Confounding smash Madhumitha Murali (India) 4090 in grand jete between the north and the south a long white cloud dandelion wine amid leaves of grass morning dew Petya Gleridis (Bulgaria) 4091 In the dark night a voice guide my way – my blind father Under the arbor remains an empty chair – Mother’s Day Christiane Ranieri (France) 4092 dawn sound of the lake between the oars waiting room blowfly’s path repeating Steven Clarkson (New Zealand) 4093 a frog swims through the moon and swallows a star dark thunder the old cormorant dives deeper Ron C. Moss (Australia) 4094 twilight horizon – the bobbing of a distant ferry desert rain an ounce of heaven in my cupped palms Yesha Shah (India) 4095 Cold to my touch the icy mountain water meandering away In darkest winter a soft light in the window illuminates space Jean Smullen (Australia) 4096 Eight black legs scuttle up a crisply pressed white sheet to an open mouth. Mike Wilson (USA) 46
  48. 48. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4097 show windows a couple in love attracts gazes summer heat on the window pane mosquito’s patience Marija Mareti (Croatia) 4098 foreign coins, a plastic tub of crayfish – my fingers are strangers, too carrying spring sunlight on her arm a bunch of celery Sheila K. Barksdale (USA) 4099 halfway – my son’s footprint nests mine before its start the waterfall dries up – tearless cry Kashinath Karmakar (India) 4100 Another sandbag. Levee grows faster of the wide river. Flooded city. Muddy river flows through the homes. Zoran Doderovic (Serbia) 4101 texting one hand brushes back her hair somewhere inside my head a curlew calls Rob Woods (Australia) 4102 facing the sun a field of sunflowers drunk again the moon in a puddle Matt Hetherington (Australia) 4103 moonlit night the cuckoo’s nest deserted after cannonade a grasshopper muffles booming silence Vitali Khomin (Ukraine) 4104 On mountain meadows butterflies dance in the breeze, bees hum the tune From atop the rock gazing down at the still pond the fish swim in clouds Jessie Duff-McLaurin (USA) 47
  49. 49. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4105 sacrificed for human health – picked herb red poppy stands alone in the ears of wheat Dusko Radovanovic (Serbia) 4106 winter so empty an angler’s chair silence flowing from the pencil another drop Anna witalska-Jopek (Poland) 4107 Village Museum – the beams of the water mill milling by the time twilight – all the dandelions lit on the field Fr il Genovel-Florentin (Romania) 4108 distant thunder a sky the color of her bruise dusk the crunch of leaves ahead Mark E. Brager (USA) 4109 plowing the field a farmer separates sunrise from sundown end of summer sheep carry to the valley the sound of bells Dorota Pyra (Poland) 4110 window view… the reflection of myself in empty streets my ears with the wild geese above the fog Dejan Pavlinovic (Croatia) 4111 not worthy of one blessing – I keep praying a butterfly fluttered by my cheek – spring breeze Melvina Noel (USA) 4112 forgotten .. picking wild roses before sunset Robert Kania (Poland) 48
  50. 50. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4113 easy noise across the night – a fisherman by the paddle scatters moon and stars snow is fading as slow as my mother day before her death Jasminka Nadaskic Diordievic (Serbia) 4114 Frozen fields The shadow of a chimango Flying Noise in the branches Two sloths Appearing among the shadows M. Julia Guzmán (Argentina) 4115 Little leaves falling The shadow of two doves Courting Three Kings Day A tear drops In the tea cup Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi (Argentina) 4116 this morning so wet so cold and yet a magpie sings five minutes after my son has left a siren’s wail Beatrice Yell (Australia) 4117 spirit – nowhere everywhere turtle dove – one call every season John Carroll (Australia) 4118 hole in oak tree only a squirrel’s tail sticks out poetry evening interrupted by thunder silence in the hall Igor Damnjanovic (Serbia) 4119 Crinkled petals – the sheet on grandma’s hospital bed Raindrops knocking on the wire fence – sotto voce Judit Katalin Hollos (Hungary) 4120 puddle my paper boat from cloud to cloud war news a cup of coffee in her hands with the ripples Jacek Margolak (Poland) 49
  51. 51. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4121 Vineyard in bloom – the toddler looking about for a beetle Cloudless sky – a rhinoceros beetle on the sill Maria Tirenescu (Romania) 4122 grandma’s garden… today’s rain in yesterday’s puddle his bleached shawl thread by thread -- winter rainbow Anna Mazurkiewicz (Poland) 4123 ballet warm up the pianist stretches his fingers hospital again the way shadows fall across the sill Vanessa Proctor (Australia) 4124 white moon behind – still the scarecrow’s wet sleeves to and fro… many times my footsteps empty and full of ocean Lech Szeglowski (Poland) 4125 autumn sunset – the black stilts surround the light night shelter – how cold is the other side of the pillow Eduard Tara (Romania) 4126 D-Day… thousands of horseshoe crabs mating on history even the crickets dumbfounded into silence… rumors of war Cezar-Florin Ciobîc (Romania) 4127 in earnest rain the berry bush hides a Jay Ed Cockrell (USA) 4128 cold winter wind a hint of heat remains on the abandoned swing salty ocean breeze a toddler counts grains of sand stuck to a clamshell Ingrid Jendrzejewski (UK) 50
  52. 52. Division 4: Non-Japanese 4129 the sundial mounded with snow she’s past due campfire… dying embers rekindle good-byes Scott Mason (USA) 4130 a pink canopy yearly springtime hanami farewell (too soon) gone Jaime Marie Sepulveda (USA) 4131 On the cliff – a bench waiting to pass them the shyness Hand in hand – Roads opening up In the enticing scent of the evenings Petruta Ionescu (Romania) 4132 first snowfall I order tea as steam rises from my pho where Dad lived do the plum trees still bloom? Andrew Shattuck McBride (USA) 51

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